Meaning of TUNNEL in English


I. noun


carpal tunnel syndrome

maze of streets/paths/tunnels etc

the maze of narrow streets

I was led through a maze of corridors.

the tunnel entrance

At high tide, the tunnel entrance is totally submerged.

tunnel vision (= when you can only see what you are directly looking at )

A pupil with tunnel vision may have difficulty finding the words written on the blackboard.

tunnel vision

I’ve got tunnel vision when it comes to what I want to do.

wind tunnel




They went down the dark tunnel .

We are in a dark tunnel .

Some light at the end of the dark tunnel of life.

The train roared past a local stop, then on through the dark tunnel .

Shining her torch Lais led them along a small dark tunnel , lugging aside a pile of crates to reveal a manhole.

Then he saw the path, leading away into yet another dark tunnel mouth.


There are along the route four long tunnels , each of which would have required attention.

Beyond the Hai Van Pass we entered a long tunnel .

At nearly 2 miles long , at the time it was built, it was the longest tunnel in the world.

The arduous task of legging through a long tunnel like that under Castle Hill at Dudley could take over 3 hours.

Tabitha found herself being diverted down a long underground tunnel to the civil concourse.

Hoo-Woo opened the door and we entered a long tunnel .

I felt as if I was at the end of a long tunnel where some one was kicking my legs.

This unexpectedly burrows beneath the grounds of Ingleborough Hall in two long tunnels .


There's an underground tunnel that goes from here to an empty tomb in the churchyard.

Small leaks in underground or underwater tunnels are not unusual.

Tabitha found herself being diverted down a long underground tunnel to the civil concourse.

It feels like an underground tunnel down there, the walls thick and heavy, the air damp and cool.

Earlier in the day passengers were forced to walk through an underground tunnel after a train partially derailed.

Gophers, which travel via underground tunnels , make a fan-shaped mound of dirt.

C., has an underground tunnel running from the government offices to the Capitol.



Will he take note of the campaign to sink the link, as the channel tunnel rail link passes Gravesend and Northfleet?

The Channel tunnel project is the largest enterprise of its kind to be financed from private sources.

There was also a £12m provision against possible losses from its participation in the Channel tunnel construction consortium.

He also described the various channel tunnel options currently being studied by the Ministry.

I think that I am the only hon. Member to have served on two Select Committees on the channel tunnel .

Mr. Mans Is my hon. Friend aware that people up in the north-west welcome the prospect of the channel tunnel being opened?

Does he think that that is the way that one should plan the freight movement from the north-west through the channel tunnel ?


The resident here has clamped his opponent and is lifting him away from the tunnel entrance .

Half way down was a stone arch over the tunnel entrance .

Railway builders gave a special dignity and significance to the treatment of tunnel entrances .

The nettles in the tunnel entrance had been partially flattened.


Sites investigated included a disused railway tunnel and bogland in Nad.


Something not unlike tunnel vision ensues in the case of black kids.

Each group has its insular concerns and each is locked within the tunnel vision of its own experience and tangible self-interest.

I just looked straight down the track, set my tunnel vision and climbed into my blocks.

Such proposals are typical of the tunnel vision that has characterized most of our economic models.

And many, surely, that our human tunnel vision is unable to perceive.

But such thinking can produce temporal tunnel vision .

I had three children, a home to run ... and tunnel vision as far as the Spencers were concerned.

He has tunnel vision when he is doing well.


They pass a stone doorway in the tunnel wall , but by-pass it in favour of a more obvious way out.


Work includes full-scale experiments, wind tunnel studies and computational fluid dynamics.

Fall through the platform, and unless you're either amazingly brave or stupid head down the wind tunnel to the left.

The reverse acoustic ceilings amplify the din to a decibel range appropriate for a wind tunnel .

It was the wind tunnel which gave birth to the characteristic shape of the Boeing 747.

But the wind tunnel specifications called for this wall to be able to withstand seventy-five pounds a square foot.

During wind tunnel tests on the car, at the development stage, water was added.

By ensuring that only the most promising designs enter the wind tunnel , it has made physical evaluation more cost effective.



In my view there was only one hope, and that was to build the tunnel using private venture capital.

There were good reasons for the enemy to build the tunnels where they did.


Deeper and deeper he dug , following the tunnel into the bank.

We had some bulldozers, and they tried to dig out the tunnels .

Trespass can therefore be committed by a person who digs a tunnel under land or who abuses the airspace.

Everyone dug tunnels and trenches under fire, sometimes hitting hard soil and only advancing five or six yards a day.

I could dig a tunnel round the door.

I could dig a tunnel right out.

Burglars smashed in the steel shutters and even dug a tunnel under the building in an attempted raid.

Moreover the moles dug hundreds of tunnels under their line of march.


They drove on through a tunnel and then the landscape became more arid.


With a roar it emerged from the tunnel and ground to a halt along the platform.

He was emerging from the tunnel .

In the meantime Koquillion emerges from the tunnel door.

The bats normally emerge from the tunnel at about 8 p. m. to take advantage of the prime bug-hunting time.

Roland emerged from tunnels of shelving into Blackadder's icily lit domain.

Jarvis slipped away and on to the platform to feel the wind blow through, ahead of the train emerging from the tunnel .

Thus did I emerge from the night tunnel of restless body movement.

So do I. They emerge from the tunnel like an ad for mushy peas.


Fights take place when a male enters a tunnel where another male is already resident.

He entered another little lighted tunnel of a street.

By ensuring that only the most promising designs enter the wind tunnel , it has made physical evaluation more cost effective.

Beyond the Hai Van Pass we entered a long tunnel .

He must prevent another train entering the tunnel .

The road passed between stands of tall green bamboo, as though entering a tunnel .

As it passes I turn and watch it enter Hadley Wood South tunnel .

Hoo-Woo opened the door and we entered a long tunnel .


light at the end of the tunnel

After a year of declining profits, there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel.

After all the problems we've had we're finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

For Jane there is some light at the end of the tunnel, but many anorexia sufferers continue to suffer in silence.


A rock dam was erected to keep bat fans out of the tunnel .

About eighteen people escaped from this tunnel and they were not all recaptured until four days later.

He was emerging from the tunnel .

Irrigation tunnels of water ran beside the beds and not far from small thatched-roof houses.

Napoleon is believed to have been warmly in favour even though the tunnel was not designed for military purposes.

Over the next few hours, faces and figures passed like the tableaux of a funhouse tunnel .

Police feared that du Pont might try to flee through a series of tunnels beneath the house.

The construction works on the tunnel would disrupt one of the colony's main breeding grounds.

II. verb


After days of digging, the prisoners finally tunnelled their way out of the camp and escaped.

Special drilling equipment is being used to tunnel beneath the sea bed.

worms tunnelling through the mud


It snows throughout the winter in Jozankei, and it gets so deep, the people tunnel under the immovable drifts.

They had tunnelled down into the plateau, and they had built upwards as far as their materials and construction abilities would allow.

They may watch the sand shifting as they tunnel their hands into it.

Trent rode in first gear, headlight tunnelling into the forest gloom through which the rain bucketed.

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